Senior Doula and Childbirth Educator
Certified Labor and Birth Doula, Certified Childbirth Educator
Aloha! My name is Fiona Custer. I am originally from Australia but have been living around the world since I was 12. Growing up the daughter of a Midwife and Maternal Child Health Nurse, birth and the love for it has been around me my whole life! I believe it was innately hard wired into my system while I was still in the womb! Before I became a Doula in 2013, I was always the one begging to hear labor stories and asking to touch bellies and feel the baby kick.
After the birth of my first daughter in 2010, and experiencing a labor that didn’t go at all according to ‘my plan’ I knew I wanted to delve into that area of life even more and strive to help other women feel empowered by and supported in their births. I began watching documentaries, reading articles and books and talking with other Doula’s or birth professionals to glean any knowledge that I could.
I used a Doula for my following two births in 2012 and 2014 and both were incredible experiences! The knowledge and calming presence she brought to my delivery room was invaluable. My husband and I couldn't have appreciated her more.
When I finally decided to follow my dream of becoming a Doula, I knew the moment I walked in my first day of training that I had arrived at my calling. My heart starts to race and I get a HUGE smile whenever I get to talk about pregnancy and birth. I tell people that I could talk for hours about it, and I’m not even joking!
My husband and I moved to Oahu to settle down and raise our family in 2016 and soon after delivered our 4th child at home with an amazing midwife. Another life changing experience that has deepened my love for birth and women having the option to be able to birth wherever and however they’d like.
If I’m not helping moms and partners bring their precious children into the world, you can find me chasing around my loud and spirited 4 daughters, laughing with my husband or catching up with dear friends around this stunning rock we all find ourselves on.
I can’t wait to chat and dream with you about your desired birth day and would be honored to be there to support you on that amazing day. Mahalo!
We could not be more grateful to have found BEST Birth and matched with Fiona! Throughout my pregnancy, Fiona was a fantastic resource for us in so many ways. Her positivity and calming presence helped us to navigate a high risk pregnancy and feel supported, especially when medical issues caused us to make changes in our birth plan. During labor, Fiona had great intuition and knew exactly what I needed, whether it was comforting words, a massage, or simply quiet space. She was also a great source of support for my husband and my mom during labor. In moments when they felt uncertain and were looking for ways to be helpful, they were thankful to be able to ask her for advice or simply follow her lead. For anyone considering hiring a doula, no matter what type of birth you plan to have, I would absolutely recommend Fiona. We will always be thankful to have had her with us to bring our son into the world! Maryellen